Saturday, May 7, 2011

oh my heart...

this morning was one of those moments when my heart literally hurts watching one of my children.
we have been talking about getting lani horseback riding lessons for quite some time.
she's always had a love of all things horse.
she just has that personality and i knew she'd love it.
but's expensive....and another activity.
and we are busy.
i couldn't hold her off any longer.
last week we visited Webber Riding Academy and we set up her first lesson.
it was this morning.

she had been counting down the days.
and i was the obnoxious mother with the big camera taking pictures the WHOLE time.
because my heart was exploding.
i don't think i've ever seen her so happy in my life.

she was beaming.
and she did not want to leave.
she would have stayed all weekend.

her horse's name was urkle.
he's 20.
and about as calm as you can be and still be breathing. :)

she's in love with him.
smiling from ear to ear all day long.
looking off in the distance tonight before bed, smiling...and then turning to me and making some comment about urkle.
way too cute.

after her lesson she RAN to the car and squealed, "MOM! this was the best day of my life! (so far)."
and i kind of believe her.
she's not one to say that lightly.

she's taking 2 lessons a month.
two weeks is a long ways away.
i'm thinking she'll be having urkle dreams on a regular basis.

on the website for Webber Riding Academy there is a quote that reads
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." (Winston Churchill)
and i do believe it to be true.
especially after watching lani today.

so happy for her.
i love her so much.
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Candi said...

Oh yes, I love her so much too and can almost "feel" her passion through the pics, Lani, you are one of the sweetest kindest little girls I have ever been honored to know!!! Don't ever change sweet girl... everyone loves you, EVERYONE!!!! Sigh!

amy smith said...

this post literally made me cry.
i remember like it was yesterday, emily at 6 years old, beaming up at her horse... it will be some of the best money you have ever spent.